SolarWinds Papertrail Alerts
The built-in SolarWinds Papertrail Alerts trigger initiates a flow when it receives a request from a webhook in SolarWinds Papertrail.
- Go to the Triggers panel in the palette, expand the App Triggers section, and drag the trigger onto the canvas.
- Double-click the trigger (or click the pencil icon).
- Set the authenticating user and then copy the URL — you'll use this to set up the webhook in Papertrail. Alternatively, you can create an integration user and use it as the authenticating user.
- Click the Flood Control tab to edit the trigger's default flood control settings. For more information about these settings, see Trigger Flood Control.
- Click Done.
- On the flow canvas, connect the steps you want to run when xMatters receives a request to that URL.
You're now ready to configure Papertrail to target the trigger.
Configure Papertrail to send requests to the trigger URL
To have Papertrail send an alert to xMatters, you must first have at least one saved search in Papertrail.
You can create a new saved search or use an existing saved search:
- To save a new Papertrail search:
- Go to Events and search for the logs you want Papertrail to alert on. Refine the returned matches, then click Save Search.
- On the Save Search window, give the search a unique name, then click Save & Setup an Alert.
- To set up an alert on an existing Papertrail search:
- On the Dashboard, click the pencil icon on the saved search and select New Alert.
Now that we have a search to alert on, let's set up the alert.
- On the Choose a Service page, select Webhook.
- On the Create Alert screen, configure the alert conditions.
- In the Webhook Details section, paste the xMatters trigger URL you copied from Flow Designer.
- Add the target names of any recipients you want xMatters to notify when the alert fires.
- For example, if you want to notify Emma Pearson, Mary McBride, and the on-call members in the Monitor Team responsible for the service, you'd add ?recipients=epearson,mmcbride,monitor%20team to the URL.
- You must URL-encode any special characters or spaces in the target names.
- To receive a smaller payload from Papertrail, select Send only counts.
- Click Create Alert.
You're ready to use the webhook to trigger automated flows, including steps such as sending alerts and initiating incidents, though we always recommend testing before putting things into use.
The Papertrail trigger has the following outputs you can use as inputs to steps further along the flow.
|Recipients||List of targeted recipients.|
|Signal Mode||Determines the flow path to follow based on the presence or absence of the sawmill property. If the property exists, the alert is a test, otherwise the alert is not a test.|
How often alerts are sent if records matching the search query are found. Available frequency options are:
|End Time||Time of the last event within the given timeframe.|
|Event Count||Number of Papertrail events that occur within the given timeframe.|
|First Event Facility||Facility of the first event matching the search query.|
|First Event Hostname||Hostname of the first event matching the search query.|
|First Event ID||Unique ID of the first event within the given timeframe.|
|First Event Message||Message of the first event matching the search query.|
|First Event Program||Program of the first event matching the search query.|
|First Event Severity||Severity of the first event matching the search query.|
|First Event Source Name||Source name of the first event matching the search query.|
|Last Event ID||Unique ID of the last alert triggered within the giventime frame.|
|Search Name||Name of the saved search in Papertrail.|
|Search Query||Query of the saved search used to filter the logs.|
|Search URL||Direct URL to the search query in Papertrail.|
|Start Time||Time of the first event within the given timeframe.|
|Raw Request||JSON representation of the request that can be parsed separately to get additional context on outputs.|